Losing weight seems to be the hardest challenge for people nowadays. Everyone wants to lose weight yet they can’t seem to figure it out. Most people will pay any amount and risk their lives and health trying dangerous pills or risky surgical procedures, all to LOSE WEIGHT. Fat is not an impossible enemy to beat.
The biggest secrets to weight loss are not as secretive as you think. They are simple weight loss FACTS that you must understand and believe. Anyone who lives by these weight loss secrets will be losing weight for the rest of their lives.
Before we begin… I ask that you sit yourself down for 10 minutes, look deep inside yourself and decide whether or not you are willing to give what it takes to make a change.
Weight loss isn’t 5 days of hell, it’s a small fire of commitment that burns the fat away slowly over time. In the end, you will have forged a healthier, stronger, and more perfect body. Losing weight CAN be done and ANYONE can do it.
And now, the secrets to losing weights:
Weight Loss Secret #1: Weight loss MUST be fun.
If it isn’t fun, you will never do it long enough to get results. In fact, this rule applies to everything that you do. You will NEVER be able to do anything for long if you hate it. People quit work all the time even though they need the money. It goes to show the power of fun and how much you can achieve if you can make something fun.
Why do movie stars pay thousands for their personal fitness trainer? Why are those personal fitness trainers paid so much? Is it because they actually produce results? NOPE! It’s because they make the exercise fun! And they make the movie stars look forward to the exercise session. Overtime, the stars themselves cause the results, NOT the personal fitness trainer. What this means for you, is that you can still benefit from the “fun” by figuring it out yourself instead of paying thousands for a top-notch personal fitness trainer. A good example of this is to make a note of all the most popular personal trainers out there. They’re all so animated and “FUN!” They make you want to just jump up and workout.
Other example of the fun rule can be found from observing Olympic athletes. Have you ever realized that Olympic runners LOVE running and that they do it happily with a passion? Again, this weight loss secret applies to everything: to be good at anything, you have to love doing it. Olympic runners wouldn’t be good at running if they hated running exercises. You’ll never be good at losing weight if you hate having to do it.
Here comes the big question: How do I make losing weight fun?
Dieting does not equal starving. I repeat – DO NOT STARVE YOURSELF! I’ve never met anyone that thought starving themselves was fun. You can eat some fats and unhealthy stuff here and there, but the part is to limit yourself a little, not to radically change your diet. You have to eat healthy food FIRST, after that… you can then eat some UN-healthy food. A good way to limit yourself is to only give yourself two days out of the week to binge, or just one day if you like to eat crap heavily. I will go into the details of the diet plan later. But for now, the main idea is not to starve yourself because it just isn’t fun.
Listen to music when you workout. It kills me to see people running and exercising without music. GET SOME MUSIC! Buy an mp3 player. It makes working out that much more fun. You should also make sure you have some songs in there that pump you up.
Lastly, the exercise itself has to be fun. I think most people will agree that running on a treadmill for 2 hours everytime you go to the gym is NOT fun. So stop doing it. There are plenty of other exercises. You can alternate between a group of exercises or try different exercises altogether. If you absolutely hate running, STOP DOING IT! Why? Because it isn’t fun!
Weight Loss Secret #2: Get a workout buddy!
Everyone needs a workout buddy. A workout buddy more than just a carpool dummy and repetition counter. Your workout buddy will be your student, your teacher, partner, your enemy, your cheering crowd, and your drill sergeant. Together, you two will push, challenge, support, force, and pull each other to the finish line. Working needs to be more than just a mindless motion of the body. Working out needs to become a lifestyle, an event, an appointment that you look forward to everyday.
If you work out alone, you will hate it and you will quit! And on days that you don’t feel like getting up to go to the gym, nobody will be there to make you go. You MUST have a workout buddy!
Weight Loss Secret #3: Patience.
This may sound obvious but it happens all the time: people wake up one morning with a newfound determination to lose weight. They decide that being fat or overweight is not for them. They rush to the gym and pay for a 3-year membership. Then they buy all the clothes and get right on the spot and begin pushing themselves in the gym as hard as they can. They go to the gym everyday or as often as they could for the first week. Second week. They don’t leave the gym until every last ounce of energy has been squeezed out from their body. Several more weeks go by and they’ve weighed themselves hundreds of times a day and still the fat has not disappeared. Important events come up in the following week and they begin to skip workout days here and there. The workouts are becoming more and more rushed. Stretching is skipped and the number of exercises are reduced. Eventually it gets to the point where the person doesn’t see the point of getting out of bed, getting dressed, and looking for parking at the gym for only a 30-minute rush workout. They no longer have time to workout and they QUIT.
Many people go about losing weight in this manner and it’s no surprise that they never see results. Losing weight this way would be TORTURE!
The good news is that weight loss is only hard the very first time! That’s right, once you’re able to lose weight down to your target weight, you can always gain weight in the future and be able to cut it down rapidly. So it’s like you peel off the fat whenever you want but you just have to teach your body how to do it the first time.
Do keep in mind that TRUE PROPER and HEALTHY WEIGHT LOSS is more of a long-term effect. Especially if you are a hundred or more pounds overweight. The proper way to start is to start SLOW and easy. Make it fun, spend some time stretching. Get that body warmed up. Stretch every muscle like you’re a gymnast warming up for your championship tumbling routine on the mat. Try different machines and get a book. Here’s a big one, GET A BOOK with tons of different exercises for you to try. Some may require a ball, some may not. Do some aerobics exercises. Gym does not always have to be straight running. Spend some time and make it fun. Here’s the next part, KEEP YOUR WORKOUTS SHORT! Like only 1 hour maximum. If you’re just starting out, make it like 30 minutes. Force yourself not to go over for the next month or two. Why? It’s so that you can get use to working out and getting the psychological feel that working out is not a total drain of your time and lifestyle. Then slowly step it up over the months. Over time, this pattern will have you working out in longer and happier workout sessions. (Too many people do it INCORRECTLY the opposite way, spending 2-3 hours in the gym at first and then cutting the time over the months!)
Take your time, take it easy, and don’t expect results right away. Besides, your weight probably won’t drop too fast in the beginning because you’re also gaining muscle weight while you’re working out.
Weight Loss Secret #4: Find the right exercise!
The right exercise is more than just moving your body. The best exercises for weight loss are the ones that move your entire body and require the most energy. Watch out, here comes the dreaded word: RUNNING! Ok, calm down. Because I am about to tell you something about running. RUNNING IS NOT THE BEST EXERCISE FOR LOSING WEIGHT! Running can easily be argued that it is the best cardio exercise that burns calories the fastest. But that doesn’t make the best exercise for losing weight because losing weight is a LONG TERM GOAL.
Believe it or not, you can actually lose weight without having to run very much. There are plenty of other great fat-burning exercises that aren’t just running.
Boxing, kickboxing, rollerblading, basketball, jump-roping, dancing, and even plenty more if I really want to think about it. You should start with all these. Most of these are very fun and can be done alone but I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you workout with a partner of course.
The right exercise for you must fulfill these requirements:
1) It works out your whole body and makes you sweat.
2) It keeps your mind busy so you don’t get bored and hate it. (like running)
3) There are different levels of movement to keep you motivated. (for example: harder dance moves, more advanced kicks, trickier rollerblading skills)
4) You are having fun and forgetting the time, instead of looking at your clock every 5 minutes to see if it’s time to go.
Here are some great fun exercises for you to try out: boxing, rollerblading, frisbee, badminton, basketball, dancing, catch football, and more. You can even do these exercises at a park or the beach; working out doesn’t always have to be at the gym.
If you care to look hard enough, you will find your perfect exercise. Most people actually have more than one favorite exercise! Top athletes stay in shape easily because they love playing all sorts of different kinds of sports outside of their main one. You should also do the same! Again, the perfect exercise will allow you to lose weight over time because you’re having fun and looking forward everyday to a sport that you love. You’ll enjoy losing weight and you’ll do it until you get results!
Weight Loss Secret #5: Do not workout inside the house!
This is one of the worst things you can do! Working out around the house is terrible. Why? It’s the vibe, it’s the flow of energy. A home is not a place for you to be busy and having fun. A home is for relaxing and being lazy. Always go to the gym or go to another friend’s house. If you must be nearby home, then run around the house or workout OUTSIDE! But NEVER EVER workout inside your home.
Do not buy into the crap about home workout videos. They do work, the exercises work. Relying on the plan that you will roll out bed, pop in the workout tape and workout in your living room is NOT gonna work. It will only be a matter of time before you quit. Success in working out at home is highly unrealistic. It’s just the wrong kind of energy for you. The same reason why you study at a library instead of a church is the same reason why you shouldn’t be exercising at home. A church and a library are both quiet, but only one really promotes the studying environment. Just because you can buy a home gym that fits in your garage doesn’t mean it still holds the same “workout energy” that you feel when you enter a gym.
Most people are simply unable to workout at a gym or even outside because they are embarrassed. They feel ridiculous or think that everyone is laughing at them. All I have to say to you is that people will always make fun of you for something. If it wasn’t your weight, it would be your car, or voice, or the way you dance. GET OVER IT! It’s your life and it’s time for you to take control of your life instead of other people’s comments controlling you. The fact that your weight is so embarrassing that you can’t leave your house should be a STRONG SIGNAL that it’s time for you to begin living your life and making changes now.
You can see that just about everything I said here is probably something you already know. In reality, most people know how to be successful. They know how to do whatever they want. But some reason, the knowledge they know is never put into focus and used. Unfortunately, there are many know-it-alls today that know everything but can’t achieve anything. It’s ultimately up to you to decide on being a know’er or a do’er. Try hard and realize that everything gets EASIER the longer you stick with it. Make sure you keep your workouts from getting painful and boring. If working out seems to be getting harder over time, you are doing something wrong! Assuming you are working properly, you will actually get to a point where you only have to go to the gym once a week to stay in shape. That’s your goal. Until then, please stay safe, get a buddy, go to the gym, and have some fun!
NEVER QUIT AND YOU WILL REACH YOUR GOAL WITH A LITTLE BIT OF SMART WORK!